Living History — Ancient Egypt

The following list of books makes an excellent resource for studying the history of Ancient Egypt with your family.  Some of the books are specifically targeted for younger children (early readers, etc.), but even books directed at older children can be read aloud to the younger ones.  Some of the books are general reference books (not necessarily “living books” per se), but definitely interesting, well-made, and worth adding to your curriculum supplies.

To browse the books, view the covers, and read reviews, click on the book’s title.  By clicking on the titles below, you can also order the books online at Many of the books are deeply discounted (sometimes 30% off the cover price), and Amazon offers free shipping for orders over a certain amount (usually $25).  So if you have several books you’re thinking about buying, Amazon can be just as inexpensive as ordering the books through your local bookstore.

Ancient Egypt

The 5,000 Year Old Puzzle: Solving the Mystery of Ancient Egypt, by Claudia Logan
Adventures in Ancient Egypt, by Linda Bailey
Ancient Egypt: Journey into Civilization, by Robert Nicholson and Claire Watts
Building the Pyramids Sticker Picture, by A.G. Smith
The Cat of Bubastes: A Tale of Ancient Egypt, by G.A. Henty
A Child’s History of the World, by V.M. Hillyer
Color & Learn: Ancient Egypt, by Elizabeth Adams
A Coloring Book of Cleopatra & Her Friends: From 2,000 Years of the World’s Greatest Art, by Harry Knill
A Coloring Book of Queen Nefertiti, by Bellerophon Books
Cultural Atlas for Young People: Ancient Egypt, by Geraldine Harris
Egypt, by Stephen Krensky
Egyptian Life (Early Civilization Series), by John A. Guy
Eyewitness Books: Ancient Egypt, by George Hart
Pyramid (Fast Forward Books), by Nicholas Harris and Peter Dennis
God King: A Story in the Days of King Hezekiah, by Joanne Williamson
The Golden Goblet, by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Great Pyramid (Wonders of the World), by Elizabeth Mann
The Great Wonder: The Building of the Great Pyramid, by Annabelle Howard and Stephen Wells
Greenleaf Guide to Ancient Egypt, by Cyndy Shearer
Hieroglyphs, by Joyce Milton
History Detectives: Ancient Egypt, by Philip Ardagh
The Victor Journey Through the Bible, by V. Gilbert Beers
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, by Charlotte Evans and Jack Zevin
Lift the Lid on Mummies: Unravel the Mysteries of Egyptian Tombs, by Jacqueline Dineen
Modern Rhymes About Ancient Times: Ancient Egypt, by Susan Altman and Susan Lechne
Mummies, by Edith Kunhardt
Secrets of the Mummies, by Joyce Milton
Mummies Made in Egypt, by Aliki
Mummies, Tombs, and Treasure: Secrets of Ancient Egypt, by Lila Perl Yerkow
Nested Egyptian Punch-Out Mummy Cases, by A.G. Smith
The Pharoahs of Ancient Egypt (Landmark Books), by Elizabeth Payne
Pyramid, by David Macaulay
The Riddle of the Rosetta Stone: Key to Ancient Egypt, by James Cross Giblin
Science in Ancient Egypt, by Geraldine Woods
See-Through Mummies, by John Malam
Senefer: A Young Genius in Old Egypt, by Beatrice Lumpkin
The Shipwrecked Sailor: An Egyptian Tale with Hieroglyphs, by Tamara Bower
Streams of Civilization (Volume One), by Mary Stanton and Albert Hyma
Tales of Ancient Egypt, by Roger Lancelyn Green
Time Traveler Book of Pharaohs and Pyramids, by Tony Allan
Tirzah, by Lucille Travis
Tut’s Mummy: Lost and Found, by Judy Donnelly and James Watling
Tutankhamen’s Gift, by Robert Sabuda

Many of these books can also be found at your local library, or through inter-library loans (in the United States).  Check with the Reference Librarian at your local library branch for details.


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